The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,(NAFDAC) has promised a frontal battle against the menace of importers of fake, substandard and unlicensed drugs in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said on Sunday in Lagos state that the war against bad drugs would be won with all hands on deck.
Professor Adeyeye said that tackling the importation of unregistered drugs and other products at the point of entry would be a priority.
“We need to fight hard against unlicensed drugs because if the drugs are good, the importer will not be scared to register the drugs in the first place. We will tackle the drug menace at the point of entry and that is our ports. We have many containers of fake drugs waiting to berth at the ports to the markets. NAFDAC is not supposed to be in the ports but we will go there so we can stop unsafe drugs and unregistered products from coming into the country. If we don’t deal with them, they will in turn harm us, many of the unregistered drugs are substandard, so we need to station our personnel at the ports,’’ she said.
Adeyeye said that if there would be need to change the existing laws that govern NAFDAC in order for it to fulfill its mandate at safeguarding the health of the nation, it won’t hesitate.
“We will also go to patent stores and the pharmacies. If we have to change our laws so that NAFDAC can be at the ports and control the importation at the point of entry, we will so that they will not escape without notice. There are so many ways these bad medicines can be controlled, but NAFDAC must be given free hands to fulfill its mandate. For a stronger Nigeria, we need healthy drugs and NAFDAC is doing that, so we need all hands on deck, from community leaders to the religious leaders because we listen to them more,’’ she said.